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Identifying Flies with Patterned Wings (WM region)

  • Location: Preston Montford
  • Tutor: Nigel Jones
  • Date: Saturday 27 October 2018
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Level: Advanced
  • Non-resident: £5

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Location: FSC Preston Montford, Shrewsbury, Shropshire (see course brochure for more details)

There are over 7000 species of fly in Britain. Some of the most attractive have intricately patterned wings and are incredibly beautiful upon close examination.

Several fly families have patterned wings. Of these, the Uliidae (actually known as Picture-wing flies) are one, however that family is not particularly common. The main fly families with patterned wings are Tephritidae, Pallopteridae, Opomyzidae, Ulidiidae. There are also a good range of pattern wing flies in other families like Sciomyzidae.

This day course is designed for those who already have good experience of using keys and microscopes to identify invertebrates and/or some experience of looking at flies to family level.

This course will introduce you to pattern wing flies and their families. Using pinned specimens, you will learn how to key out these flies to family, genus and, where possible, species. At the end of the day you will be able to recognise the different families of flies with patterned wings, and feel confident to start identifying specimens of your own. We will also offer suggestions of how you can continue your interest in fly identification, and offer you ongoing support after the course has finished.

Most of the day will take place in the classroom but we may spend some time outside so please dress appropriately. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch!

Nigel Jones is a Shropshire entomologist with a particular interest in aculeate Hymenoptera (bees, wasps and ants) and Diptera (true flies). He has studied flies for over 30 years and his major passion is the Brachyceran flies, which covers many families, including hoverflies (Syrphidae), soldierflies (Stratiomyidae), Fruit flies (Tephritidae), lance-flies (Lonchaeidae), Dolichopodidae, Empididae, and Tachinidae.

Nigel is Shropshire Diptera Recorder and has added hundreds of fly species to the county list. Nigel is co-author of the recently published Provisional Atlas of bees, wasps and ants of Shropshire.

This course is heavily subsidised by the FSC BioLinks Project (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund).

Further Information

Course brochure

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.

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